VMware Workspace Suite Available for Windows 10
VMware (VMW) has made its Workspace Suite available to Windows 10 users, giving early converts the opportunity to use several of the company’s most popular solutions on the new OS.
Available immediately, Windows 10 users can access AirWatch Enterprise Mobility Management, VMware Horizon, Horizon Flex and VMware Identity Manager via the new operating system.
The virtualization giant said each of the available solutions are meant to provide customers with access to the tools internal IT departments need most for device management and application delivery, while providing support for Microsoft’s vision of unified enterprise mobility management across all devices.
“VMware is dedicated to driving business mobility, and the launch of Windows 10 is a leap forward in putting EMM at the forefront of managing all Windows devices, including desktops and laptops,” said Erik Frieberg, vice president of End-User Computing at VMware, in a statement. “We’re thrilled to offer support and compatibility for upgraded devices across the VMware End-User Computing portfolio and look forward to expanding our relationships with Microsoft on the innovations and capabilities made available with Windows 10.”
With AirWatch EMM, VMware has pledged support for new capabilities in Windows 10 such as streamlined deployment, unified app experience, advanced security and data protection, as well as update management across all devices. The company also plans to help organizations enroll and migrate users and devices to Windows 10 by utilizing centralized virtual desktops to host the new OS.
Additionally, customers who wish to access hosted instances of previous Windows versions can do so by using VMware Horizon 6 and Horizon Air Desktops, according to the announcement. Application compatibility is being addressed via Horizon Flex, VMware Fusion7 and Workstation 11, which allow users to deliver fully managed instances of Windows 7, 8 or 8.1 onto their Windows 10 host machines.
The upcoming addition of a unified Windows Store for all Windows devices is also expected to allow VMware and AirWatch customers to deliver all of their apps from a central catalog connected directly to the Windows Store, according to the company. An official release date for the new Windows Store has not been announced. The unified store was available for developers to submit their apps on July 29, the same day that Windows 10 launched, according to ZDNet.
VMware’s push to provide immediate support for the new platform is important because unlike previous releases, Windows 10 is Microsoft’s first OS that is seriously designed with a mobile and touchscreen-first mentality, said Zeus Kerravala, a principal analyst at ZK Research in an interview with Top Tech News.
“For VMware to be able to support Windows 10, especially this quickly, is very important because it will help customers migrate faster,” said Kerravala. “So the combination of VMware plus Windows 10 should bear more fruit.”
Enterprise customers can begin enrolling their Windows 10 devices in VMware Workspace Suite, VMware Horizon and AirWatch, beginning immediately. Consumers, meanwhile, now have access to Fusion and Workstation for support.